Buckler’s Hard will start the summer with a bumper maritime weekend on July 13th – 14th with the arrival of a tall ship – the full-size replica of Battle of Trafalgar’s HMS Pickle – as well as a model boat display celebrating its proud nautical history.
On both days across the weekend, visitors can see the period-perfect HMS Pickle recreation and climb aboard for tours and chat to crew members. The original HMS Pickle was a survivor of the Battle of Trafalgar and took news of Admiral Lord Nelson’s death back to Britain.
The distinguished topsail schooner will sail along the Beaulieu River to moor at Buckler’s Hard for the weekend, giving a taste of life in Nelson’s Navy. Inside the Maritime Museum, visitors can see one of only two scale models of HMS Pickle – the second was presented to the Queen in 1958 as a gift for the young Prince Charles. Both models were built by a Royal Navy serviceman, whose grandson has loaned one to the Buckler’s Hard museum.
Then on Sunday 14th the Portsmouth Model Boat Display Team will pay tribute to HMS Pickle with a display featuring pyrotechnics and remote control scaled-down boats on the Beaulieu River, subject to tides and conditions. Visitors can watch miniature sailing ships as they take to the water and fire their canons, with the chance to see some of these incredible models, including galleons, frigates and destroyers, up-close in a static display.
Living history will continue throughout the summer as living history characters bring Buckler’s Hard’s past to life and talk about the 18th century shipbuilding village during its heyday. From July 20th – September 1st, step back in time and meet characters such as Balthazar Adams, son of Master Shipbuilder Henry Adams, and his wife Mary, who lived in the village when ships for Nelson’s Navy were built there.
Follow the fun family quiz trail to learn more about the Buckler’s Hard story, see displays in the labourers’ and shipwrights’ cottages, smugglers’ cellar beside the altar in the Chapel of St Mary’s and leave time for a visit to the Captain’s Cabin Tea Rooms.
Take a trip on the River Cruise to explore the rich history and wildlife of the Beaulieu River. Listen to the captain’s commentary about the fascinating history of the unspoilt haven and the creatures that inhabit its riverbanks. For more details on this separately charged cruise see www.bucklershard.co.uk/attractions/river-cruise.
All other features are included in a ticket to Buckler’s Hard. Tickets can be bought in advance online. Annual passes are also available and offer unlimited visits to Buckler’s Hard and 10% discount on gift purchases from the Maritime Museum shop. For tickets and details see www.bucklershard.co.uk or call 01590 616203.